Help me listen to miserable music in Spanish.
September 24, 2012 12:37 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations.
posted by badmoonrising to media & arts (13 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm afraid I'm woefully ignorant about the music scene in Spain/Latin America, so I don't really know where to start. I'd ideally like to begin with music reasonably similar to what I already listen to. (I promise I'll branch out later.)
My music taste has historically been of the mopey indie/alternative variety. Think Radiohead, The National, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, and Counting Crows. I dearly love much of R.E.M.'s older stuff. Oh, and artists like Pulp and Elvis Costello.
Basically, music that's melodic, quirky, and not too upbeat or dancey. Oh, and I like songs with interesting lyrics. This is particularly important if I'm going to spend lots of time translating/memorising them for language-learning purposes. And it would be useful if the singers aren't too screamy/mumbly/otherwise incoherent.
I'm in the UK, so stuff that's available to buy on the UK iTunes or Amazon would be great if possible, but I'll hang out on Youtube if I have to.
Tl;dr version: I'd like recommendations for Spanish-language music, preferably of the indie/alternative persuasion, with intelligible lyrics.